IPL 2019: 5 batsmen who had the highest impact this season
IPL 2019 ended with a nail-biting final between two most successful teams in the history of the league. The season was one of the most closely contested ever, with as many as 32 games going down to the last over.
Also, like every other season, there were individuals who took the tournament by storm; some by their insane hitting, some by their unbelievable consistency and some by announcing themselves at the big stage. Here we look at 5 batsmen who made the highest impact this season (impact can be judged by a combination of batting average and strike rate):
Note: Only players with more than 350 runs have been considered.
#5 Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians)
The Mumbai Indians all-rounder had a dream season as a player. His power-hitting and the consistency with which he executed it was commendable. Even more striking was the fact that he did it against good balls off good bowlers.
Scoring 402 runs in 15 innings, Hardik averaged 44.66 this season. His runs came at an astonishing strike rate of 191.42, the second best of the season. His highest score of 91 came off just 34 balls in a losing cause against KKR.
#4 Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Jonny Bairstow had the best debut season anyone could ask for. He just took the IPL by storm with his amazing consistency and brutal hitting.
Bairstow and David Warner stitched together 4 hundred-plus partnerships in just 10 innings, and they were a key reason for the blistering start SRH got in the season.
Bairstow ended the season with 445 runs in 10 innings as he left for national duties midway through the season. He averaged 55.62 and had a strike rate of 157.24. His stint included one brilliant hundred and a couple of fifties.
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